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Barbarella (1968)

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Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Jean-Claude Forest (from the best seller "Barbarella" by) (as Jean Claude Forest), Terry Southern (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Barbarella
John Phillip Law ... Pygar
Anita Pallenberg ... The Great Tyrant
Milo O'Shea ... Concierge / Durand-Durand
Marcel Marceau ... Professor Ping
Claude Dauphin ... President of Earth
Véronique Vendell ... Captain Moon (as Veronique Vendell)
Giancarlo Cobelli Giancarlo Cobelli ... The Revolutionary
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Captain Sun
Nino Musco Nino Musco ... The General
Franco Gulà Franco Gulà ... The Suicide (scenes deleted) (as Franco Gula)
Catherine Chevallier Catherine Chevallier ... Stomoxys
Marie Therese Chevallier Marie Therese Chevallier ... Glossina
Umberto Di Grazia Umberto Di Grazia ... Sogo Citizen
David Hemmings ... Dildano
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The year is 40,000. After peaceful floating in zero-gravity, astronaut Barbarella lands on the frozen planet Lythion and sets out to find renowned scientist Durand Durand in the City of Night, Sogo, where a new sin is invented every hour. There, she encounters such objects as the Excessive Machine, a genuine sex organ on which an expert artist of the keyboard, in this case, Durand Durand himself, can drive a victim to death by pleasure, a lesbian queen who can make her fantasies take form in her Chamber of Dreams, and a group of ladies smoking a giant hookah which dispenses Essence of Man through a poor victim struggling in its glass globe. You can not help but be impressed by the special effects crew and the various ways that were found to tear off what minimal clothes our heroine seemed to possess. Written by alfiehitchie

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Who gives up the pill? Who takes sex to outer space? Who's the girl of the 21st century? Who nearly dies of pleasure? Who seduces an angel? Who strips in space? Who conveys love by hand? Who's the bird in the gilded cage? See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$613,285, 31 December 1977
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Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1999, it was announced that the film was getting remade with Drew Barrymore as Barbarella. However, the remake never got made as of 2018, Hollywood has made no plans to bring Barbarella back to the big screen. See more »

Goofs

When Barbarella first has to go down for a crash landing, she puts her right arm up to her head. In the next shot her left arm is up to her head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
videophone: Stand by for a message from Dianthus, President of Earth and Rotating Premier of the Sun System.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the letters in the words move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity. See more »

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In 1968, all the legislative rules about not showing female nudity were applied by the Australian Film Censorship Board, when BARBARELLA was classified (SOA) SUITABLE ONLY FOR ADULTS. - - - The Australia Film Censorship Board ordered the elimination of "all shots of female nudity" i.e. Australia Film Censorship Board insisted that the brief female nudity is never seen by Australians. - - - In 1968 BARBARELLA quickly became a cult movie film outside Australia, because under the pretext of Jane Fonda completely removing her spacesuit, Jane Fonda does a revealing zero-gravity striptease during the 4:49 minutes of opening credits, whilst the title theme song is performed by The Glitterhouse. Bright white animated titles are used, where the letters forming the words, move around in an attempt to obscure Barbarella's nudity, plus there is visual blurring to hide Jane Fonda's incomplete nakedness. - - - Projected in glorious SPLICE-ARAMA, BARBARELLA when shown in Australian cinemas on its first theatrical release, at the request of the Australian Film Censorship Board the movie had all nudity eliminated. Because of large number of censorship cuts in the opening credits to remove all the female nudity, the title theme song also had some lyrics cut. These are the six sequences of cuts during the opening credits sequence:- Before the title sequence says "David Hemmings" cut 3:46 to 3:47 left breast and nipple, then cut 3:41 to 3:56 right breast and nipple, then cut 4:08 to 4:14 left and right breast and nipples. Before the title sequence says "Dino De Laurentis" cut 4:15 to 4:17 left breast and nipple, then cut 4:30 to 4:43 right breast nipple then left breast nipple. Before the title sequence says "Roger Vadim" cut 4:45 to 4:50 left breast and nipple then right breast and nipple. - - - Inside her spaceship, cut 8:32 to 8:34 brief rear view of Jane Fonda - - - In the labyrinth sequences, the topless women, cut 32:42 to 32:45 then cut 33:38 to 33:50 then cut 39:29 to 39:40 - - - All the topless women plus the woman suspended from the ceiling, in the city of Sogo sequences, cut 71:21 to 71:41 then cut 72:52 to 73:01 - - - See more »

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An Angel is Love
Written by Bob Crewe & Charles Fox
Performed by Bob Crewe
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Colorful Sci-Fi with psychedelic photography , bemusing situations and fun scenes
25 March 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Comic Strip brought appropriately to life . Tremendous fun, amusing scenes , psychedelic frames and many other things . In the far future, the year is 40,000. The protagonist is a highly sexual woman named Barbarella (Jane Fonda , Sophia Loren turned down the title role) is tasked with finding and stopping the evil Durand-Durand (character famously inspired the band name of 1980s pop stars Duran Duran), a missing scientist (Milo O'Shea). Along the quite sexy way she encounters various unusual people . As Barbarella (whose costume was inspired by designer Paco Rabanne) travels to the evil city called SoGo, it is a reference to Biblical cities Sodom and Gomorrah. On her dangerous trip she teams with blind angel Pygar (John Philip Law), and fights the Great Tyrant (Anita Pallenberg) along with numerous sexual torture devices , but she has to save the world .

Naif Sci-Fi plenty of colors , thrills , brilliant cinematography by Claude Renoir and fantastic images ; surprisingly, for such a diverse melange, it actually works. Knowingly Camp version of comic-book sci-Fi classic written by Jean Claude Forest . In the original comic, Barbarella was not a secret agent but an outlaw, and the movie omits some of the adventures she had on Lythion, including an encounter with an earlier villainess called the Gorgon, whose face changed into a duplicate of the face of anyone who looked at her. Unlike the other space movies of the time, this film emphasized sets and costumes rather than visual effects, and as a result its overall look dates less than many space operas of the late seventies/early eighties .Jane Fonda is simply unbelievable as gorgeous heroine , she plays a feisty Barbarella , a futuristic girl from Earth . The scenes during the opening credits where Barbarella seems to float around her spaceship were filmed by having Jane Fonda lie on a huge piece of plexiglas with a picture of the spaceship underneath her. It was then filmed from above, creating the illusion that she is in zero gravity. Performance-wise, everyone seems to be camping it up like an end-of-term pantomime, though Milo O'Shea somehow seems to give his villain a deliciously style . Barbarella was the first science fiction hero from the comics to be adapted into a feature film as opposed to a serial , Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, her male predecessors, had only appeared in serials up to this point. A bit later on , there was realized by Mike Hodges ¨Flash Gordon¨ (1980) in similar aesthetic and a TV series titled ¨Buck Rogers¨ . Jolly and catching musical score , including commercial songs , by Charles Fox, who co-wrote the songs for this film, also wrote the theme song for another Sci/Fi flick of 1968, The Green Slime, and future Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was one of the session musicians who performed the film's original score. The motion picture was originally directed by Roger Vadim who married Brigitte Bardot , in fact , the original author Jean-Claude Forest based the character of Barbarella on Brigitte Bardot - who ironically was director Roger Vadim's previous wife ; Vadim subsequently married Jane Fonda . However this film is listed among The 100 Most Amusingly Bad Movies Ever Made in Golden Raspberry Award .


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